Missile destroyer USS Russell to visit Gan

US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Russell will visit Gan September 28-30.

In a statement, the US Embassy in Colombo said the visit was “a routine port visit and is intended to provide the sailors of the USS Russell an opportunity for engagement with their Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) counterparts and for cultural exchange.”

“This US Navy port visit promotes peace and stability in the Western Pacific region, demonstrates the US commitment to regional partners such as the Maldives, and fosters a growing relationship. This strong relationship between the United States and the Maldives helps advance many common interests including mutual security, prosperity and the promotion of freedom.”

Activities planned with the sailors include sharing tea with local high school students, and learning how to cook traditional Maldivian dishes.